[B-Greek] DIA + Genitive
mitchlarramore at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 2 07:43:06 EDT 2007
--- Delbert Flora <delbert.flora at hotmail.com> wrote:
> I'm trying to understand "agency" in Greek. As an
> example, DIA PISTEWS means
> "though, by faith." But what does that mean exactly?
> One grammar offers
> this: DIA with genitive expresses secondary or
> intermediate agency. I'm just
> wanting to get a more precise idea of this.
My teacher's illustration of Salvation was helpful to
me. Initially he said DIA + Genitive, when it is
agency, means going through a particular door. DIA +
PISTEWS means going through the door marked PISTIS.
He actually had us visualize being in a room, with 3
doors, each leading out to three different
destinations. Assume each door is identified with a
different word. DIA + PISTEWS is going through the
door marked PISTIS.
Note that the "door" is not what saves you. It is only
an intermediate step to the destination (salvation).
Sugar Land, Texas
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